Here it is, the ever elusive 5th Sundays. It’s always presented unique challenges because we have servants all lined up for the usual 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th Sundays, but not for 5th Sundays. We believe challenges are just opportunities in disguise, so we have unmasked this one! 5th Sundays (which this Sunday, August 30th, is one) will now be known as Service Sundays where all the kids at the ROCK during the 9:45a and 11a hours will engage in mission together! It’s hands and feet time!
This month we are supporting ZOE and their soup preparation efforts. As you may know, pursuing God’s heart and wisdom has been a theme at the ROCK this month. FUMC-Cary sponsors orphans in Zimbabwe, Africa who have to tune in daily to God’s word and wisdom as they work to survive and choose income generating projects that use the very gifts God has given them to support themselves and bless their communities. We want to teach our children to do the same on a daily basis as they learn that tapping into God’s wisdom leads us not just to survive, but to thrive!
For our first Service Sunday, kids will participate in a hands on service project that will directly benefit and impact the lives of the orphans. The service project involved preparing supplies for the FUMC ZOE team’s annual dry soup mix fund raiser. The kids did a fabulous job prepping twine and pasta bags, and this will be a huge head start for the ZOE team as we prepare to make the dry soup mix during Mannafest weekend. You all are invited to extend this experience as a family and participate in this easy, kid friendly project at the church on Saturday Sept. 26th! To register for MannaFest service opportunities & breakfast Saturday, or lunch on Sunday, click here. The soup will go on sale soon afterwards! If you are interested in joining our group or would like more information, feel free to contact Stephanie Purdy—email@example.com or Angela Smelcer—firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached is a schedule of the morning as well as directions for each station.
YOUTH: Youth are not on the schedule because all youth will guide the children from their classrooms to large group and vice versa. All youth servants should meet in room 118 at 930a to help greet children. When they are not guiding, the youth will be runners upstairs for anything the stations need.
ADULTS: Adults are assigned to a specific room and station. If your name is not designated to a room, you will meet in room 118 in the morning and help me guide the youth. You will be a floater, helping to replenish supplies, as needed, as well. All adult servants should meet in their scheduled rooms at 930a to greet children and get them started. Another copy of the directions for each station will be in the rooms and the rooms will be set up ahead of time for you. Tidy up your stations at 10:45a, but do not put everything away, as the 11a class of kids will be finishing up the service project with what’s left as well as cleaning up the stations. (Angela Smelcer will be leading large group in a ZOE program with assistance from Rachel Gilliam.)
There will be ample signage around the building advising the Kindergarten through 2nd grade families to drop off and pick up in room 118, as you will see on the schedule.
Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns at Sharrell@fumc-cary.org. I’m so excited! I cannot wait to see all of this love in action Sunday!!!
Our next 5th Sunday is in November, when we will support BackPack Buddies. If you are interested in serving alongside the kids in November, email Stacy. Thanks for your heart for service and for our children!